Gardening provides people with tranquility, satisfaction, and a perfect disguise for their secret passion of crafting mud pies. Camouflage quirkiness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of plants, bulbs, and gardening supplies at Merrifield Garden Center. Choose from the Merrifield, Fairfax, or Gainesville locations.
At Merrifield Garden Center, professional horticulturists and landscapers work together with backyard beautifiers to add variety and vitality to gardens. Adorn hanging baskets, beds, and container gardens with an assortment of easy-to-grow annuals, or surround cultivated floral coifs with a barrier of colorful shrubs and flowering dogwood trees (from $79.99). With thousands of plant varieties, customers can choose a houseplant to boost oxygen levels in both high- and low-lighting rooms, and selecting from hundreds of vegetables and herbs, plant lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pepper seeds (from $0.99) to ensure homeowners will not starve if they get locked out of the house.
In addition to the thriving selection of topiary toupees, Merrifield Garden Center hosts a variety of landscaping tools, plant foods, mulch (from $3.49), and outdoor accouterments. Lure colorful songbirds to your yard with a bird feeder, or pick up seed starting kits and child-size supplies to encourage young ones to take up horticultural hobbies.
Merrifield Garden Center
Each of Merrifield Garden Center’s three locations overflows with thousands of plants throughout the year, encompassing such variety that a reporter for CNN’s Eatocracy claimed “I might as well endorse my paychecks straight to them…because I always want to grow what they've got.” Knowledgeable garden experts, 25 of whom have been with Merrifield for 25 years or more, guide customers through row upon row of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants, or help them sort through an extensive selection of bulbs and seeds. Visitors may also bump into the founders themselves, or their children and other family members, 38 of whom still work at the thriving business that started 40 years ago. Merrifield doesn’t just proliferate plants, however; amenities such as cafes in Gainesville and Merrifield and a dog park in Gainesville make each garden center into a leisure destination as well. Three of its garden gurus run an hourlong TV show that's been going for more than two decades, and other staff publish gardening advice on the website and Facebook. The staff also work to protect the environment with a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. Besides stocking native plants and water-saving devices for their customers, they also compost more than 20,000 tons of soil and 25,000 cubic yards of brush left over from their comprehensive landscaping services every year. The Gainesville location also gathers old concrete, metal appliances, and rusted Optimus Primes for recycling free of charge.